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Made in Devon

PUBLISHED: 10:00 06 October 2014

Emma Cook  Estuary

Emma Cook Estuary


Made in Devon often features gloriously crafted furniture - but this month we’ve been seduced by the incredible art of printmaking epitomised by the wonderfully named Pressgang Printmakers

Ysabel Winzar - untitled etchingYsabel Winzar - untitled etching

Original prints are unique, hand-made works of art; an inky-fingered world away from reproductions.

Printmaking is a challenging way to transfer an image to paper. It can be a craft as well as an art form and uses sharp tools and dangerous chemicals as well as paint brushes and rubber rollers, and one of the Pressgang Printmakers’ great strengths is that its individual members have experience in different areas of print, which they share and build upon.

The group was formed by Mike Glanville in 1998 using a converted mangle to create limited work to relief prints; today a full range is produced from lino-cut to etching, monoprint to collagraph, drypoint to monotype and the combined operation of mixed-media prints. And if that all sounds like a mysterious science, then members of Pressgang will be on hand to explain how it is done during an exhibition at Harbour House, The Promenade, Kingsbridge, TQ7 1JD, from 2-14 September.

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